Issues: Education

Senator Bonacic Congratulates the Musicians at the 60th Annual All County Music Festival

Senator Bonacic congratulates the student musicians, music teachers and conductors for their terrific performance at the 60th Annual All County Music Festival held at Tri-Valley High School on Saturday, March 1.  The festival, presented by the Sullivan County Music Educators' Association, was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Tim Barcone, a long time supporter of music in the County.   

March 4, 2014
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Senator Ken LaValle Recognizes Southold Students For Their Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries

Senator Ken LaValle was impressed by the Thanksgiving Day Creative Entries submitted by the Southold Elementary School Second Graders.  

Senator LaValle said "Thank you to the Southold School children who submitted entries. The essays illustrate that the children are very capable of communicating their understanding of Thanksgiving.  I look forward to witnessing their growth over the next few years." 

March 4, 2014
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Griffo Calls For New Regents Selection Process

ALBANY – Sen. Joseph A. Griffo today called on his colleagues in the state Legislature to re-design its process for appointing Board of Regents members, in light of systemic failures in the implementation of the Common Core curriculum.

“Regents board members control the state’s educational system, determine all its policies and appoint the commissioner of education,” said Griffo. “Frankly, the process of selecting an appropriate Regents member is too important to be decided by a single vote of the entire Legislature.”

March 4, 2014
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Senator Robach Presents: How to Plan for Your Child's College Future

Senator Joe Robach to Presents: How to Plan for Your Child’s College Future

Planning for your child's college future can be confusing and difficult. That's why I'm pleased to announce that I will be hosting two Financial Aid Forums to help those seeking information about what kind of financial aid is available and how you can apply for it.New York State Senator Joseph Robach is pleased to announce that he is hosting two Student Financial Aid forums for families.

March 4, 2014
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LaValle Legislation Banning Sale of Papers, Dissertations Via Electronic Means Passes Senate

Senator Ken LaValle’s legislation banning the sale of electronic papers, term papers and dissertations passed the State Senate today.

March 3, 2014
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LET STUDENTS COME TO ALBANY!

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Tel. 718-991-3161

LET STUDENTS COME TO ALBANY!

You should know that Albany is the place where New Yorkers come to let our government know how strongly people feel about any number of issues. Groups come to Albany to lobby on behalf of senior citizens, the DREAM ACT, Earth Day, organized labor, tenants, the gay agenda, Catholic values, libraries, farmers, nurses, etc. (I cannot tell you how many times I have been approached by lobbyists who use the stories of Black and Hispanic children to push for their causes.)

March 3, 2014
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STATEMENT OF SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN ON CHARTER SCHOOLS

Brooklyn- Statement of Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent action on charter schools in New York City:

February 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic meets with the Warwick Valley High School’s Government Class

Senator Bonacic met with the Warwick Valley High School’s Government Class with advisor, Scott Meyer, in Albany on Wednesday, February 26. 

The students were lobbying for additional funding for libraries, and asked the Senator about education issues. 

February 28, 2014
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Senator Klein Delivers $100,000 in New Funding for State-of-the-Art Technology and Athletic Programming for Pelham Public Schools

PELHAM, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) delivered a $100,000 direct aid grant for Pelham schools that will be used to begin funding the “1:1 Technology Initiative,” a program that over the course of time aims to give every student a Chromebook specifically designed to promote 21st Century learning. This initiative will benefit students at Pelham Middle school and Pelham Memorial High School.

February 28, 2014
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Senator Klein Delivers $100,000 in New Funding for State-of-the-Art Technology and Athletic Programming for Pelham Public Schools

PELHAM, NY– Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) delivered a $100,000 direct aid grant for Pelham schools that will be used to begin funding the “1:1 Technology Initiative,” a program that over the course of time aims to give every student a Chromebook specifically designed to promote 21st Century learning. This initiative will benefit students at Pelham Middle school and Pelham Memorial High School.

February 28, 2014
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Legislative Report with Senator Parker and Dr. Merodie Hancock, President, SUNY Empire State College

Senator Parker welcomes SUNY Empire State College President Dr. Merodie A. Hancock. Listen as they discuss the College's commitment to non-traditional students among online and face-to-face courses in 35 locations statewide.

Brooklyn is one of the college's 35 locations across New York state.

177 Livingston Street

Brookly, NY 11201

Phone: 718-783-4400

Fax: 718-858-0943

Email: metropolitan@esc.edu 

February 27, 2014
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Senator Maziarz hosts Solutions for Smarter Schools Summit

On February 13, 2014, Senator George Maziarz co-hosted the Solutions for Smarter Schools Summit.  This event, held at Niagara Falls High School, was attended by hundreds of concerned parents, teachers, and administrators.  In his introductory remarks, Senator Maziarz sets the stage for where efforts stand in NY to reform Common Core and bring some sanity back to students' curriculum and testing.  He also expressed support for electing Dr. Walter Polka as a member of the Board of Regents.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Griffo Column #9: No Taxpayer Dollars For Free College Educations For Inmates

Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to use taxpayer dollars to provide a college education to state prisoners has provoked a lot of passionate responses from my constituents.

I don’t support the proposal and my reasoning is two-fold.

First, it’s not appropriate to offer a benefit to an inmate that we don’t also offer to every law-abiding student who is eligible for college. I don’t support initiatives that make prison more attractive to criminals, because people shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Serrano Expresses Support for Universal Pre-K

(Bronx, NY)- Senator Serrano rallied alongside New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, parents and students at the Mitchel Community Center in the South Bronx, in support of Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK).  The forum was sponsored by East Side Settlement, Children's Aids Society, United Parents of Highbridge, NYCHA and the Children's Campaign. Serrano expressed his support in favor of NYC's plan for UPK and expanded funding for after-school programs.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Jeff Klein and Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson announced a $100,000 direct aid grant for Mount Vernon schools that will be used to fund updated technology for 6th and 7th grade students.

Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson joined with Senator Klein, and Mount Vernon Interim Superintendent of Schools Judith Johnson, along with many students, parents, teachers and principals from the local schools who will benefit from Senator Klein’s grant of $100,000 in direct aid to fund tablets, Smart Boards and lap tops for middle schoolers at public schools in Mount Vernon. 

February 26, 2014
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Senate Renews Bill To Aid Public Libraries

ALBANY, 02/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, extending a 2011 law to ensure the neediest public libraries can access and utilize special construction grants from the state.

Senate bill 6329 extends to March 31, 2020 key provisions of the public library construction grant program that were scheduled to sunset in 2015.   

February 26, 2014
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Senator Mark Grisanti’s Statement on State Assembly’s Passage of “The Dream Act”

    

“I was against this proposal two years ago, and I remain against it today. I cannot in good conscience support diverting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds annually to children of illegal immigrants by giving them access to TAP grants and other higher education assistance programs when so many students are struggling to meet the costs of higher education. Sheldon Silver needs to come to the realization that the wallets of taxpayers are not bottomless pits. His proposal may work in New York City, but the overwhelming majority of people I have been elected to represent are vehemently opposed to it.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Kevin Parker Lauds Assembly’s Passage of the New York State DREAM Act

(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Assembly’s passage of the DREAM Act (New York State Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act,  A 2597-A) on Tuesday was a giant step forward for New York’s immigrant community. This progressive legislation increases educational access for talented students, regardless of their immigration status, and provides them with a pathway to receive the education they rightfully deserve.

February 26, 2014
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Senator Avella Renews Call For Common Core Moratorium Amid New Siena Poll Showing Public Support For The Freeze

(Bayside, NY) Senator Tony Avella continues to advocate for the passage of his legislation in the State Senate which would impose a crucial three year moratorium on the highly controversial implementation of Common Core standards in New York State.

 

February 26, 2014
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